By Kagenyi Lukka
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has ordered an extensive audit into the 2013 impeachment process that temporarily cost him the City Hall office.
According to the letters dated September 5, Lukwago directed the KCCA director of internal audit, Moses Bwire, to investigate how he was impeached and the manner of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)’s acquisition and management of Usafi and Wandegeya markets.
“Pursuant to the provisions of Section 11 (1) (e) and (f), read together with Section 72 (2) (b) of the Kampala Capital City Authority Act 2011, you are hereby instructed to carry out a special value-for-money audit of all matters concerning the aforesaid botched impeachment of the Lord Mayor of Kampala, 2013 to-date,” Lukwago wrote.
Bwire is supposed to submit the report to the lord mayor’s office in one month.
Lukwago asked Bwire to study the remuneration of the members of Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led tribunal that investigated him; the legal fees for the lawyers who prosecuted the cases, payments for Metropole Hotel, the venue for tribunal proceedings; and payments for Lake Victoria Serena Hotel where it was housed to write the report.
Justice Bamugemereire who now heads the probe into land matters led the botched impeachment process that threw Lukwago out of office for incompetence and failure to convene Authority meetings.
Also instrumental in the decision-making was then Presidency minister Frank Tumwebaze.
Lukwago bounced back as Lord Mayor in the 2016 general elections following dramatic incidents that kept him out of office for most of his first elected term.
Lukwago also wants to know details about Usafi and Wandegeya markets relating to their management and administration of the markets; the allocation and ownership of lock-ups, stalls and open spaces; court cases; and the revenues generated since inception. The audit will also look into the court cases relating to the acquisition, administration and management of markets.